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Spring Enrollment Next Steps

As a student admitted for the Spring semester, below are your next steps to accept your offer and enroll at Purdue. Click on each step for more detail.

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Student Career Account 

Set up your career account. In your admission offer “letter”, you will find your Purdue University ID (PUID) number and a career account setup password. You need these two pieces of information and your birthdate to activate your online career account through the account activation website. You will be prompted to set up a Boilerkey (two-factor authentication), which enhances the security of protected computer systems and personal data. For more information about Boilerkey please see this FAQ page.

Once you’re done, use that login information to log into your myPurdue online portal. This portal is where you will conduct all your business with the university from now on. So, bookmark it and get familiar with it!

Purdue Email

During the account activation process, you’ll also set up your @purdue.edu email account. We’ll be sending important information to this address so get in the habit of checking this inbox regularly.

When you log in to your email for the first time, you'll be prompted to set up Microsoft's Multi-Factor Authentication, a tool Purdue uses to protect users by requiring a second form of authentication, in addition to a password, when signing into Office 365 applications. Options for authentication include using text messages, an audio phone call, or the Microsoft Authenticator App. When you set up the authentication method, be sure to sign up with a device you plan to use on campus. If you need to change your device or want to learn more, see the FAQ's.

Additionally, we recommend not forwarding your @purdue.edu email to your personal email. Emails from important Purdue offices get caught in your personal email spam filters.

If you would like a step-by-step tutorial on how to activate these accounts, you can view one here.

Accept your admission offer as soon as possible and no later than December 15. Students admitted after December 1 have 21 days or until the start of the spring semester to accept. A nonrefundable $500 deposit will be required to accept your offer. The deposit will be applied toward first-semester fees and the housing contract fee (if you contract with University Residences).

Once you accept your offer, you’ll see the New Student Task List in your myPurdue online portal. This is where you can view announcements and check off all of your next steps to ensure a smooth transition to Purdue.
A student visa is required for most international students who study in the United States. After accepting your admission offer, the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) will provide more information about the process to receive your visa eligibility documents (i.e. I-20 or DS 2019). Starting in mid-October and on a rolling basis thereafter, ISS will send the visa process instructions to your @purdue.edu email account 3-5 days after you accept your admission offer.
Once you are admitted, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA automatically considers you for all types of need-based financial aid.
  • To apply for scholarships visit ScholarshipUniverse, which is located in your application portal. ScholarshipUniverse can be used to find and apply for some college-level and private scholarships.
  • Check out Purdue's Net Price Calculator that is designed to help families plan for educational costs. By entering information, users can receive a financial aid package estimate that includes an estimated "net price" figure (estimated costs of attendance minus your anticipated need-based scholarship & grant aid).
  • Please note, in general, international undergraduate students are not eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

Students interested in on-campus housing in University Residences should visit the housing website for information about availability and contracting. Visit the off-campus housing website for information about area rental properties.

Prior to course registration, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to succeed in math. SAT and ACT math scores as well as Purdue's ALEKS math assessment are among the resources your academic advisor can use to determine whether you are academically prepared to succeed in the first math course required for your major's plan of study. The Math Department website provides information about the ACT, SAT or ALEKS scores necessary for placement in various math courses.

You may refer to the University Catalog to find your major's plan of study. If your ACT or SAT math score is not high enough for placement in your required math course, you may take the free, online ALEKS assessment (accessible via myPurdue prior to your registration period). Alternatively, you may take a Purdue math course for which your ACT or SAT score qualifies you and that serves as a prerequisite for your required math course.

Purdue's Orientation Programs help introduce and connect all new undergraduate students for their university experience. Students admitted to the spring semester complete orientation through the following programs:

Virtual STAR (VSTAR) is step one in transitioning to Purdue. VSTAR is an online orientation that helps new beginners and transfer students in their transition to campus. This self-guided orientation module is located online in Brightspace, Purdue's learning management system. Students are automatically enrolled in VSTAR in November and after they accept their offer of admission.

Boiler Cold Rush is Purdue's welcome weekend orientation program for new undergraduate students admitted for the Spring semester. We encourage all incoming spring students to attend. Boiler Cold Rush takes place the weekend before Spring classes begin, and you’ll learn need-to-know information about university resources, campus culture, and Purdue traditions. It’s also a great chance to make lasting friendships and learn how to be a successful Boilermaker. 

Fee statements will be sent to your @purdue.edu email address and accessible through myPurdue. No paper fee statements will be mailed.

Get connected and be involved. Find out what's going on at Purdue via BoilerLink. View the academic calendar.

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